If our joints feel achy and sore, it can be a challenge to move freely and enjoy simple everyday activities. And the restrictions to our movements can make us feel sad and discouraged. It doesn’t matter what age you might be; joint soreness and discomfort can happen to all of us!
Fortunately, there are natural remedies available that can help improve the health of our joints, and one of those remedies is aromatherapy using essential oils.
Essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts that contain the molecules that give the plant its signature aroma. And these aromatic molecules have the potential to soothe and relieve many of our most common physical ailments while improving our mood and balancing our emotions at the same time.
These oils can be used in a variety of ways, including inhalation and topical application. And when it comes to joint health, essential oils are best used topically, in a cooling gel, or inhaled through using a diffuser.
One of the primary benefits of essential oils for joint health is their ability to reduce inflammation. Many essential oils, such as ginger, turmeric, and frankincense, have anti-inflammatory properties that can help alleviate joint pain and discomfort. In addition, certain essential oils like peppermint and eucalyptus can provide a cooling or warming sensation that can soothe sore joints.
Essential oils can also help improve joint mobility and flexibility. As we age, our joints can become stiff and less flexible, making it harder to move and perform everyday activities.
Plus, essential oils like lavender, turmeric and rosemary can help relax and loosen tight muscles and joints, promoting greater mobility and flexibility.
Aromatherapy using essential oils can also provide mental and emotional benefits that can be helpful for those experiencing joint pain. Essential oils like lavender and bergamot are known for their calming and stress-relieving properties, which can be beneficial for those experiencing anxiety or stress related to joint pain.
So why should you use essential oils to help improve the health of your joints? One of the biggest advantages of essential oils is that they are a natural and non-invasive way to address joint pain and discomfort.
Additionally, essential oils can be used in conjunction with other natural remedies, such as exercise and a healthy diet, to provide a holistic approach to joint health. By incorporating essential oils into your daily routine, you can help support the health and wellness of your joints, while also promoting overall physical and emotional well-being.
Aromatherapy for Healthier Joints: Here is a list of 5 of the best essential oils to help soothe achy joints
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) Essential Oil:
Steam distilled from the fleshy, knotted rhizome root of the turmeric plant. It grows primarily in humid hot climates. Turmeric has been shown to offer powerful aromatherapeutic properties that soothe and ease away inflammation and pain, while simultaneously boosting our inner resilience and strength.
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) Essential Oil:
Steam distilled from the leaves of a bushy common herbaceous plant that is found growing in many geographical locations around the world. The leaves have a very bright menthol-like aroma that is immediately recognized as mint. It’s loaded with molecules that have a wide array of benefits for both our body and mind. It’s cooling, and pain relieving, and soothing to inflammation and common aches and pains. It’s aroma is uplifting and energizing, and reminds us to keep moving forward with resilience and motivation.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) Essential Oil:
Steam distilled from the lavender flowers of the lavender bush-like herb. Its healing benefits are many, but one its most powerful aroma therapeutic actions is to soothe away aches and pains, reduce inflammation and ease away anxiety and tension, simultaneously calming both the body and mind. Its calming actions are due to its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, which have been shown to ease the mind of worry, and calm irritation on our skin and in our minds.
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) Essential Oil:
Steam distilled from the leaves of the fast-growing tree native to Australia. The healing properties of the leaves have been known for centuries and the oil extracted from the leaves provides us with a wide array of benefits for both our body and mind. The main molecule found in Eucalyptus Oil has been shown in various research studies to help ease away pain and aches, while lessens the appearance of swelling and inflammation. It’s cooling aroma makes pain feel less intense while helping our thoughts feel clear and uplifted.
Frankincense (Boswellia serrata) Essential Oil:
This species of frankincense essential oil is steam distilled from the resin of the frankincense tree that grows in India. It has a distinctly different aromatic profile from the frankincense we are more familiar with from East Africa and Oman, but offers very similar benefits. Frankincense oil has been used throughout the centuries as a powerful aromatic to heal both our bodies and minds. The purpose of the resin in the tree is to repair the tree’s tissue when there is any environmental damage, and so it has been shown that Frankincense Oil possesses the same power when applied to our human bodies. It can encourage our bodies’ own innate ability to recover and restore itself, while easing our mind from worry and discomfort.
Let’s make a DIY Gel Roll-On for Healthier Joints
Here are the blending tools you’ll need to make it:
- 1 glass 1 oz roll-on bottle, you can see what one looks like here.
- 1 small mixing bowl, glass or stainless steel
- Measuring Spoons
- 1 mixing spoon, or tiny spatula - don’t use plastic!
- 1 Blank Label
- 2 ½ TBSP of Aloe Vera Gel
- 7 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
- 3 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
- 3 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- 4 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil
- 4 drops of Turmeric Essential Oil
Steps to make DIY Gel Roll-On for Healthier Joints:
- Add all your essential oils to your small mixing bowl and mix well with your metal spoon - don’t use plastic!!
- Once the essential oils are well blended, add your 2 ½ TBSP of Aloe Gel and mix very well.
- Carefully pour the mixture into your gel bottle.
- Pop the roller ball into the bottle and cap tightly. Give your joint remedy a name and write your label and affix to the roll-on bottle and gel vigorously before each use.
How to Use DIY Gel Roll-on for Healthier Joints
The best and most effective way to use your DIY Gel Roll-on for joints, is to carry it with you throughout the day and use it whenever you feel a twinge of discomfort in your joints. Simply roll the gel over the affected area and gently massage into your skin. If you are home, we recommend applying the gel on the affected area and then icing it, or using a heating pad. Depending on which method provides you most relief.
Essential oils and aromatherapy can be valuable tools for improving the health of our joints. Whether you are looking to reduce inflammation, improve mobility, or promote relaxation, there is an essential oil that can help.
Let us know how this DIY aromatherapy gel roll-on for healthier joints is working for you!